Crime

Stolen car found in Worth Township, 4 face felony auto theft, conspiracy charges

Charges were filed against four Allegheny County residents Thursday after they were found in a stolen vehicle in Worth Township, according to Philipsburg state police.

Police responded to a call about a disabled vehicle on Interstate 99 early Thursday morning. They found Kenneth Nemes, 28, and Dylan Lako, 25, of Elizabeth; Joseph Veltre, 27, of Pittsburgh; and Amanda Simko, 22, of Swissvale, on scene, and police said the group told them the vehicle was out of gas.

An investigation revealed that the vehicle had been reported stolen from a rental service at Pittsburgh International Airport, police said. A search of the vehicle and personal effects of the occupants yielded a “plethora” of drugs and paraphernalia, police said.

The four were arraigned before District Judge Allen Sinclair on Thursday on felony theft and conspiracy charges and misdemeanor drug and paraphernalia charges, according to court documents.

They were taken to Centre County Correctional Facility on $25,000 cash bail each. Preliminary hearings are scheduled for Jan. 28.

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